UPTOWN — Construction on the highly anticipated $6 million Broadway/Lawrence streetscape project has been pushed back to spring of next year, according to Ald. James Cappleman (46th).
The project was originally slated to begin this fall.
In an email to constituents, Cappleman said issues with the vaulted sidewalks surrounding Bridgeview Bank, 4753 N. Broadway, are behind the delay. The sidewalks must be repaired first before construction on the actual streetscape can begin, the alderman said.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Transportation didn't immediately respond to questions seeking further information.
The project is part of a larger vision to transform the area into a bustling entertainment district.
Like the streetscape planned for Argyle Street, the Broadway/Lawrence project means the street will get a European-style makeover. The plan includes repaving parts of Broadway and Lawrence, Clifton and Racine avenues, installing light poles, banners and planters identifying the neighborhoods along with curb bump-outs and more than 50 new trees.
The centerpiece will be "Racine Plaza," which is planned for outside the Riviera at Racine Avenue and Broadway. According to the latest renderings, the plaza will offer outdoor seating, a stage and a multi-colored sculpture.
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